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Talking to the chiefs: Greg Moriarty (part 2)

By Brendan Nicholson As Defence embarks on a series of massive and complex building programs, the department’s secretary, Greg Moriarty, has warned that it needs to become more effective at managing projects. ‘A lot...

The Singapore summit’s uncertain legacy

By Richard N. Haass US President Donald Trump returned from his short summit meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an exultant mood. ‘Everybody can now feel much safer than the...

Missile deployments only the tip of the iceberg

By Ewen Levick The news that China has deployed bombers and cruise missiles to contested reefs and islands in the South China Sea has caused significant concern. The move allows Beijing to target ships...

The Asia-Pacific gender-parity imperative

By Oliver Tonby and Anu Madgavkar Gender equality offers a sizeable economic opportunity for any country. A government that hopes to achieve strong growth without tapping into women’s full potential is essentially fighting with...

The Asia-Pacific gender-parity imperative

By Oliver Tonby and Anu Madgavkar Gender equality offers a sizeable economic opportunity for any country. A government that hopes to achieve strong growth without tapping into women’s full potential is essentially fighting with...

Electoral fortunes will buffet US–Australia ties

By Mike Scrafton Two coming elections will have massive implications for Australia’s external relations. The outcome of the US 2018 mid-term elections will determine the course of the final two years of Donald Trump’s...

Cameron and Collier on fragile states: anything new?

By Sakuntala Akmeemana and Tobias Haque The Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, chaired by David Cameron and including such luminaries as Paul Collier and Donald Kaberuka, released its report a few weeks...

Hello, 21st century, Australia calling

By Graeme Dobell The review of Australia’s media reach in the Asia–Pacific is an orphan inquiry that has the chance to do great work. The responsible adults didn’t want the orphan, but they really...

ASPI suggests

By Fergus Ryan, Simon Norton and Malcolm Davis The world This week, the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong‑un overwhelmingly captured the world’s attention. The two leaders signed a joint statement, President Trump...

From the bookshelf: ‘On grand strategy’

By Stephen Loosley This is a superb book. John Lewis Gaddis is a distinguished academic at Yale University, occupying the Robert A. Lovett Professorship of History. He’s a strategic thinker of the first order,...

Bad Cybersecurity? No Access To DoD Networks

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. “We’re going to turn that off unless you secured that properly. Whoa! That’s a very different mindset,” Col. Straub told me. “The availability of the network versus the defense...

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